Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenwhisperer123, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska

    the new coop, I was wondering which would be better.
    I can acquire enough chicken wire for $20.00, but it isnt near as strong, and wont last as long.
    I can get enough hardware Cloth for $80.00 and it will be stronger against predators and last longer.
    I am stuck and need help...
    In my situation what would you do?
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2009
  2. TillinWithMyPeeps

    TillinWithMyPeeps Waiting for Spring...

    Aug 22, 2008
    It all depends on where you are located, if you are in the suburbs, a city, or a small town, where predators wouldn't be an issue, go for the chicken wire for sure. In the country, hardware cloth would be safer, but, people have kept chickens in with chicken wire for years with minimal problems.
  3. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Country, but I havent had predator problems. The problem is that I dont want to regret my cheapness later.... but $60.00 difference!? Is that unreasonable???
  4. lil'chickies

    lil'chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    West Texas
    I'm in the country and here's what we are doing. Chicken wire on the run and hardware cloth on the coop openings and vents. They need the protection at night from the nocturnal animals. But our dogs will keep everything away, even at night.
  5. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    I dont know if the dogs will keep away predators, but I really dont want to risk it...
    I dont want to have to start my flock over again, but thats alot of money.
    Am I cheap??
  6. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    If you really don't want to risk it , spend the $80. What I did to cut cost a little was
    to use it in my coop and also around the bottom half of my run but then covered the top half of the run sides with coated chicken wire since most predators would be trying to get access around the bottom and I thought I could afford less strength up top.

    Good luck!

  7. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    You could use the hardware cloth for the sides of the run and use the chicken wire for the top.
  8. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    If you can swing it... I say go for the hardware cloth..... you'll find it unreasonable if you find yourself replacing the chicken wire with hardware cloth somewhere down the line [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2009
  9. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Are you going to use the hardware cloth for the coop alone? A 100ft. of 4', 1/2" hardware cloth (Garden Zone Brand) runs around $50.00, here in MO.

    Nice job on the coop frame. Definitely spend the extra $$ It is a fixed cost. The investment of time/feed/etc. is continually growing. Your investment so `hedged' is very `cheap', given the decimation of a possible `raccoon crash'.
  10. acheeknmanbestfren

    acheeknmanbestfren Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2009
    I just finished mine and used hardware cloth on all window openings and run sides and then a double dose of chicken wire on the top. I staggered the 2 layers on top so the holes are small and little hands would be more likely tangled trying to reach in.

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